CITEC has had remarkably few staff changes over its 30 year history. This has always been a great company to work for, and the work itself is rewarding, so it is with a bit of wistfulness that we say “goodbye” to two longtime co-workers, George Mauch and Ellie Newvine.
Respect for the people. It’s the number one tenet of a Lean culture. The people who are doing the work actually know the best ways to do the work.
CITEC was thrilled to present Marijean Remington, CEO of Atlantic Testing Laboratories in Canton, with the Tom Plastino Distinguished Service Award at our annual banquet on November 3 in Saranac Lake.
On Friday, October 14, high school students in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties participated in the 10th Annual Manufacturing Day by touring manufacturing facilities across the region, learning about the array of products that are made right here in the North Country, and discovering the variety of career possibilities available in industry.
As a historical reference, it's an interesting notion, but in practice, "Industry 4.0" is a ridiculous name for the idea of using currently available technology to solve challenges at your facility.
Every single manufacturer we talk to tells us about new employees who start at 7am and are gone before lunch. Workforce is the number one challenge facing almost every business in the country right now. There are very few quick-fix solutions to this shortage, but the MEP just published a white paper with a range of approaches that may offer some relief to your organization.
Payroll is your biggest expense, and your employees are also your biggest asset. Even small investments in staff development go a long way for your company, and a robust professional development plan pays off in countless ways.
Your business is chugging along; you make sales, you make product, you make payroll. But maybe you're not quite making your goals.
Employers across the North Country, and indeed across the whole U.S., are reporting difficulty finding entry-level employees with adequate workforce readiness. A basic understanding of general workplace expectations is missing
Long before the pandemic, manufacturing faced a shortage of skilled workers. During the pandemic, men and women both lost employment, but women have been disproportionately affected, dropping out of the workforce at a rate 20 percent higher than men.
In an effort to increase vaccination rates in every community and hasten economic recovery, the federal government is offering a tax credit for small and medium-sized businesses to fully offset the cost of paid leave for employees to get vaccinated and recover from any after-effects of vaccination.
2020 has been a year like no other, without a doubt. The election, the pandemic, and everything else has thrown manufacturers a lot of curveballs; supply chain disruption, workforce issues, tariffs, new rules and regulations, safety concerns, the list goes on and on. It also seems like with every new problem there is a series of new solutions, new technologies, new products, new software, that are supposed to offer the answer to our most difficult challenges.
We know that you have already participated in dozens of surveys and assessments, but as NYS continues to collect data, we need every manufacturer to continue to set aside a few minutes here and there to add their input.
Cyber security industry standards and requirements don't seem that important—until they are. Even if your industry does not (yet) have requirements, it is vital that you keep your systems running and your data safe.
New York State is working to make sure there is PPE for everyone and that no one is competing for PPE with the Healthcare sector. There are a few initiatives underway.
Manufacturing leaders are invited to tune in for a virtual local business networking event. A panel of St. Lawrence County manufacturing business leaders will present new products, tools and techniques that they have undertaken to pivot during the pandemic to maintain business and plan for the future. Examples of marketing, capital investment, staffing and customer culture will be addressed in their real life examples.
Last year SHRM reported that 1 in 4 Americans dread going to work, and in a new SHRM survey 84 percent of employees say that poorly trained managers are creating extra stress and unnecessary problems. Managing people, communicating appropriately, mentoring and coaching effectively, building cooperative culture -- these are all things that workers cite as deficiencies in their managers.
The systematic application of Lean or Continuous Improvement principles is a proven technique to strengthen businesses. Unfortunately, it's not a simple plug-and-play model. It requires a mindset that may include a cultural shift for your business.
We are in the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It's an exciting development -- a transformation unlike any that has come before. "Industry 4.0" is the name that some organizations use to refer to the adoption of technology related to this Fourth Industrial Revolution, but does that name help companies understand the role that these technologies can play in their systems?
Everyone is having a hard time finding the skilled labor they need. One solution is to build that skilled labor from within your company. Apprenticeship programs are an investment in your employees, your community, and your future.
The word “agility” is most often associated with movement, such as in sport or dance, referring to moving quickly and easily. A second definition relates to the ability to think and draw conclusions quickly. Both definitions come together in business when complex systems and the dynamics of real-time interactions play out.
A process is defined as a series of actions or steps to achieve a desired outcome. Any business or organization relies on many processes to produce their products or services. Manufacturing, in particular, has been honing these sets and subsets of instructions to produce the highest quality products in the most efficient manner at the lowest cost for decades. The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent disruption to most of the norms that manufacturers have relied on to achieve economic growth and financial gains, has been enormous and painful.
As manufacturing consultants, we hear a lot about Industry 4.0, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), digitization, the "factory of the future." Internet-enabled technology is being harnessed throughout manufacturing to increase productivity through a variety of mechanisms including data analysis, and interlinking systems. But are small manufacturers being left out?
Businesses and employees are facing an unprecedented time of uncertainty, instability, and stress. Business leaders have a lot to think about and plan for, in addition to possibly having to shift gears completely to stay afloat. And there isn’t the luxury of time for reviewing data or strategic planning; leaders must be decisive in the moment about all aspects of their business.